Pilar Navarrete Rivera
Head of the SENA Communications Office
When we know that we have established an important relationship with more than 8 million Colombians, it is vitally important to know and understand their needs and concerns; since our job is to attend and improve their education process.
SENA work teams have done a titanic job on the leadership of important initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life of Colombians: apprentices, instructors, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and other collaborators, through the creation of training programs following the demands of the productive sector, the promotion of decent work and the formalization of employment and entrepreneurship, as is evidenced by the valuable management carried out by the missionary teams of the Entity throughout the country.
Last year as of June 21, the Entity has contributed to the training of 414.570 apprentices in the graduate and complementary programs. In turn, it has implemented the ‘SENA Digital’ strategy, which includes the ‘Development of digital skills for information management’ course in its academic offer, in which 32,588 apprentices received training.
Another great achievement refers to the strengthening of Colombian culture and entrepreneurial spirit. For this objective, SENA launched 23 calls through the Emprender Fund, which focused on entrepreneurs from the creative and cultural industries, young people, and the population with disabilities.
Regarding the creative and cultural industries, SENA was also able to advance in the potentization of the orange economy, a sector assigned with resources of more than $ 17.7 billion of seed capital for the start-up of new companies. Added to this is the creation of 168 companies through the Emprender Fund (between October 2020 and June 2021), which generated 879 formal jobs. It is not in vain that the Entity was called the “main gear of this line” by President Iván Duque at the beginning of his mandate.
In the same way, the job skills of more than 166 thousand people in the 33 regions of the country were certified, mainly in the education, administrative management, security and private surveillance, transportation, and health services sectors, to name a few.
But SENA’s work goes much further since all the collaborators and technical teams understand our responsibility with the idea of making Colombia an increasingly sustainable country. But not only with words, but with deeds. For that reason, 3,719 SENA installed solar panels and more than 68,000 low-energy LED luminaires to cover 4% of energy consumption nationwide. With this exercise, we are achieving the goal of becoming a carbon-neutral Entity by 2030, which will become a kind of legacy for this great family.
Last but not least, I must mention the positive concept on the administration of its public resources and the signing off on the SENA account without exceptions, in the 2020 period, a result that had not been obtained for 11 years. This recognition, issued by the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic, is the result of rigorous monitoring of the improvement plans by SENA workers.
There are many more achievements, as well as challenges. The truth is that we continue working to achieve the goal of this Government, which seeks to provide the country with a much stronger SENA in education with relevance, formal employment, entrepreneurship with a purpose, technological innovation, and sustainability. But we can only do this by working as a team, as a united Entity that wholeheartedly serves all Colombians.
Carlos Mario Estrada Molina: SENA General Director.
Pilar Navarrete Rivera: SENA Head Office Communications.
Editorial Committee: Guillermo Martin, Karen Camacho y Fernando García.
General Information: Journalists General Direction Regional Communicators.
Design: República Audiovisual.